POCalender 2019 –  upcoming show dates

November 28/29/30 + December 5/6/7, laundromat “Schnell & Sauber” Nuremberg: “Wash House Infinity” – Richard Wagner (revival)

December 31, Silvestival Nuremberg: “Coup de Coeur” – Offenbach/Wagner/Weber/Marschner et al. (new production)

+++ more show dates coming! +++


“L’ombra dell’amore – Orfeo ed Euridice”

“An unforgettable experience!” – KulturAspekte (in German)

Once again this summer the Pocket Opera Company will stage a new production in the idyllic hometown of opera reformer Christoph Willibald Gluck, Berching: for the very first time Gluck’s most famous and beloved work „Orfeo ed Euridice“ (1762) can be experienced as an exciting opera hike in nature. The musical qualities of this stroke of genius are undisputed and timeless. However, is there anything new at all you can discover within this antique soul drama from Greek mythology that accompanies Orpheus, the unique singer and „King of Lyre“, on his way to the underworld to save Eurydice? But of course! In the undergrowth of the Berching forests a dangerous shadow is lurking and waiting for the moment to reveal itself to the well-known protagonists of the classical story. Between the caves of Hollnstein and the lovely Laaber-Elysium the return of Orpheus and Eurydice from the netherworld is more than once on a razor’s edge!

For „L’ombra dell’amore“ not only will all Orpheus versions by Gluck himself be taken into account but the use of four languages pays tribute to the composer’s many European work places and highlights him as an early true European.

The production will be presented by the Freundeskreis Christoph Willibald Gluck  as part of the Internationalen Gluck-Festspiele.

Cast: Florian Neubauer, Anna Oswald, Gertrud Demmler-Schwab, Marc Vogel

Tanya Borgov, Alexander Dannhauser, Jenny Diehl, Beatrice Emmerling, Anna Englmann, Laura Iberl, Saskia Jauer, Elina Traidl, Tino Wiezorek

Orchestra: Heymo Hirschmann (clarinet, saxophone), David Stützel (singing saw), Michel Watzinger (hammered dulcimer), Irene Urbach (accordion)

Musical Arrangement and Direction: Franz Killer
Production: Franz Killer and Florian Reichart
Costume Design: Daniel Kroh
Dramaturgy: Florian Reichart
Make-Up Design: Sieglinde Feck

Premiere: 13 July 2019, 4 to 8pm (SOLD OUT!)
Additional dates: 14 July 2019, 11am to 3pm (SOLD OUT!)

Venue: Berching and surrounding area, OpenAir (meeting point: Gluck-Museum, Johannesbrücke 2, Berching)
Please bring suitable clothes for the hike!
Tickets: 38€ including food. eMail: info@gluckstadt-berching.de or at the tourist office Berching.


“Wash House Infinity”: The Legend lives on – Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” in for another round at the laudromat 2019!

8tention, 8tention! We were initially planning to see our cursed captain off to a well-deserved retirement after „Wash House Finale“ and its 50th performance but since all shows were again sold out before we had even launched the revival series for the 7th year in a row, there was a strong feeling we couldn’t just let this long-running cult classic sink to the bottom of the ocean. So yes, the Dutchman will be back in 2019 – a big thanks to the Meyer family, the owners of the laundromat that has now become Nuremberg’s smallest opera stage with the biggest emotions! As we have already received numerous ticket requests, don’t wait to long to get yours for „Wash House Infinity“!

Cast: Gertrud Demmler-Schwab, Robert Eller, Motettenchor Nürnberg
Orchestra: Heymo Hirschmann, Sandra Engel, Stefan Frank, Dominik Landmann (saxophone)

Musical Arrangement & Direction: Franz Killer
Directors: Franz Killer und Florian Reichart
Dramaturgy: Florian Reichart
Costume Designer: Kristopher Kempf
Technical Direction: Stelian Pop, Max Mönch

November 28th, 8pm
November 29th, 8pm
November 30th, 8pm
December 5th, 8pm
December 6th, 8pm
December 7th, 8pm

Venue: Laundromat “Schnell & Sauber” Nuremberg, Schweppermannstraße 27 / corner of Pilotystraße
Public transportation: Metro line U3, stop “Kaulbachplatz”
Estimated run-time: approx. 60 minutes
Tickets: 12 Euro / 10 Euro (reduced price)

Info and ticket reservation: 0911 / 329047, eMail: info@pocket-opera.de, WhatsApp message: 01575/7637018

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Meyer family, owners of the laundromat


Looking for a special gift? Our new gift coupons 2019 are here!

Do you want to surprise family, friends or colleagues with a wonderful gift for their birthday or some other special occasion? Our new gift coupons (value of 12, 24, 48 or 96 Euro) are available now and promise an extraordinary opera experience à la POC. Sounds good? Get in touch with us via eMail info@pocket-opera.de, WhatsApp 01575/7637018 or phone 0911/32 90 47.


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Past events this year…

“Shooting Stars” at the Volksfest Nuremberg: Finally back again after five years!

In September 2014 the Pocket Opera Company for the first time staged a show at the Nuremberg fall fair („Volksfest“) and showcased a spectacular adaptation of Carl Maria von Weber’s famous opera „Der Freischütz“ („The Freeshooter“/“The Marksman“). For the 100th anniversary of the Volksfest we are happy to announce a revival of the production. Get ready to follow Bonnie and Clyde a.k.a. Agathe and Max on their daring escape from the unforgiving grip of the law amongst a burst of eye-popping colors and the tantalizing scent of candied almonds. Save the date!

„Not just the singers but also the audience obviously had a lot of fun! The result is a well-deserved and long-lasting applause!“ (NZ)

„A very special and never-seen-before highlight …“ (Der Komet)

Cast: Gertrud Demmler-Schwab, Markus Zapp, Robert Eller

Orchestra: Die 12 Saxofonisten

Musical Arrangement & Direction: Franz Killer
Directors: Franz Killer and Florian Reichart
Dramaturgy: Florian Reichart
Costume Designer: Evelyn Straulino
Technical Direction: Stelian Pop

Dates: May 5th 2019, 11am & 12 noon
Venue: Volksfestplatz Nürnberg
Public transportation: Tram 6 & 8, Bus 36 (stop “Doku-Zentrum”) / Bus 65 (stop “Volksfestplatz”)
Estimated run-time: approx. 40 minutes
Tickets: no tickets needed, free of charge


“Der bekehrte Trunkenbold”: First time showing in the Nuremberg area!

In 2017 the POC landed a tremendous success in Berching (Oberpfalz), the hometown of famous composer and opera reformer Christoph Willibald Gluck: „Der bekehrte Trunkenbold“ („The reformed drunkard“ – first performed in 1760) was brought to life as a musical theater hiking tour for the audience, exploring the beautiful nature around Berching and enjoying Gluck’s playful music. Not only the audience was enchanted this event, critics gave much praise as well: „As exciting as a high-profile football match … with a good sense of slapstick!“ (Neumarkter Nachrichten), „Unique, well worth watching and listening to.“ (Mittelbayerische Zeitung). It’s the story of two notorious drunkards who through the evocation of supernatural powers are sent on an adventurous hell-ride that shall eventually cure them of their vice. This comic opera production is packed with plenty of humor and hilarious ideas, brilliantly showcasing Gluck’s masterful melodies with an unconventional orchestra and wonderful voices. In 2019 this wildly entertaining piece will be presented in the Nuremberg area for the first time with a staging at the Blindeninstitut Rückersdorf. So for everyone around here who wasn’t able to make it to Berching in 2017 and 2018, this is your chance to come along for the ride!

Cast: Gertrud Demmler-Schwab, Constanze Wagner, Josef Niklaus, Christopher Kessner, Robert Eller, Klaus Meile

Orchestra: Dominik Landmann, Veronika Hofer, Daniel Zacher

Musical Arrangement & Direction: Franz Killer
Directors: Franz Killer und Florian Reichart
Dramaturgy: Florian Reichart

Dates: May 17th 2019, 7pm
Venue: Blindeninstitut Rückersdorf (upon Nuremberg), Dachsbergweg 1, 90607 Rückersdorf (Open Air)
Public transportation: DB regional train R3, stop “Rückersdorf”
Estimated run-time: ca. 100 Minuten
Admission is free, donations are welcome!